Say “Aloha” (the hello version) to Cameron Crowe’s New Movie!

The director of the best movie of all time is back again, with a movie that is sure to change our lives for the better. We’re going to watch a couple of crazy kids fall in love, and maybe learn a little about the world . . . and ourselves. And hula!

Here’s how Variety describes the plot:

The trailer opts for the serious side of the story, in which Cooper plays a military contractor who reconnects with a long-ago love (portrayed by McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for an Air Force watchdog, played by Stone. Murray plays a billionaire launching a satellite system.

Oh boy, that’s a lot of everything! I did not see the “billionaire launching a satellite system” twist coming! Well, I for one am very excited for this. Looking forward to the witty yet meaningful dialogue. The witty yet meaningful exposition. The witty yet meaningful jams jams jams!

BTW, the drawer full of loose knives line in that Elizabethtown redux review made me guffaw again just now in my office. Well done from the future, Gabe! You are missed.

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27 Responses to Say “Aloha” (the hello version) to Cameron Crowe’s New Movie!

  1. Not kidding, my first thought was “Isn’t he supposed to be working on the next Avatar movie?”

  2. catweazle says:

    I often find myself wondering if Almost Famous is actually not a good movie and I only think it’s good because of nostalgia. Because how is it possible for that movie to be so good when all of his other movies are so bad?

    • hotspur says:

      Counterpoint: He wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High. And of course there’s Say Anything. So only most of everything is bad.

    • flanny says:

      I’m no Cameron Crowe expert, but maybe Almost Famous isn’t too bad because it’s about music and the music industry, so it works to his strengths. Music works when there are catchy lines that seem very powerful, and when you let yourself get swept up in the emotion. Cameron’s stuff works in the same sort of way. I don’t know, I feel like if I knew more about either music or Cameron Crowe I could write a pretty good undergraduate essay on this.

      • I think it being set in the 60s also helped. Maybe he should do more period pieces, because the whole wistful nostalgia thing that he tries to inject into his movies set in the modern day always feels weird and off.

        • hotspur says:

          I feel compelled to say it was set around 1971-1974. Tiny Dancer came out in 1971 and groupie culture was more a ’70s thing than a ’60s thing, plus as I recall the band has an early-’70s fake-blues turgid bullshit arena rock sound (if I may go all stereogum for a moment).

      • …And now that I think about it, I feel like this is why Wes Anderson, for all people make fun of him for having such a specific aesthetic, has remained so successful when Crowe hasn’t–when you’re aiming for that sort of feeling, you NEED some sort of surrealness or artificiality in the setting, because it makes the audience more receptive to the quirks of the story and characters. Crowe tries to strike the same tone in a totally conventional setting, and it just makes you wonder why the hell these characters don’t talk or act like real people.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      I have fond memories of Almost Famous, but when I watched part of it on tv more recently, there were some pretty cheesy lines of dialogue that made me question why I liked it so much.

      I will always think of this scene whenever I hear this song on the radio…

      • Sota says:

        I think of this…

        • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

          Haha, yes, that also comes to mind. From now on, I will picture the Almost Famous cast singing it with the Tony Danza lyrics whenever I hear that song.

      • hotspur says:

        That scene is genuinely one of the most iconic scenes in movie history. Like just out of bus scenes it is up there with The Graduate. And it captures perfectly in 3-5 minutes everything he was going for in whatever 2-3 hours that movie ended up being. I mean that scene makes me nostalgic for a lost world I was never part of, as truly as if I was part of it, and that’s amazing. I don’t know. I love that scene and I liked the movie when it came out, but I’m afraid to rewatch it and have it all ruined by just being ordinary and uneven and trying too hard in parts.

        • Simon Spidermonk says:

          Yep, all this. I’ve gone back and rewatched it and while it wasn’t as great as the first time (that’s what… she…? no.) it was still pretty good.

    • Phillip Seymour Hoffman. His performance in that movie makes all the difference.

      Also because it’s rooted in fact, maybe?

  3. It’s about time we got to see the warm and fuzzy side of military contracting.

  4. FRQ says:

    Well, if you’re gonna put Bill Murray in it, then I guess I’m obliged.

  5. Marlasinger says:

    Bradley Cooper is in everything.

  6. Did anyone else read that synopsis too fast and imagine a movie in which Bradley Cooper adopts a retired war dog who teaches him how to love and helps him win back McAdams with cute dog tricks?

  7. Commentatrix says:

    Confession: I…liked Jerry Maguire. On repeat viewings, albeit not as a post-college adult. Not because of the whole “you complete me” garbage, but there are so many things in that movie that make me LOL just thinking about them. And Bonnie Hunt? What a goddess.

    • Marlasinger says:

      I liked it, too. I liked the pace and the editing, and I hate myself for this (not really), but I cry when Tom Cruise cries.

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